How to tighten up a foot brake at the wheels

The last thing on my list of stuff to knock over before going for a safety certificate and hopefully being able to finally register the Warwagon here in Queensland? The foot brake needed to be tightened. Now there’s a quick and dirty way to do this and then there’s the proper way..

Wait, a Stagea has a foot brake instead of a hand brake?

Sure the Auto’s do. And mine had more give that a drunken charity. So I had one of two options here…

The quick and dirty (but won’t get you dirty at all) method

stagea foot brake

See that 10mm nut right there at the bottom of your foot brake? Tighten that up with the foot brake off. Job’s done.

The actual proper way to tighten up the Stagea foot brake via the back wheels

See that 10mm nut right there at the bottom of your foot brake? Un-tighten it by about 10mm with the foot brake off. We’ll come back to this later.

Put chocks at the front wheels

Crack nuts on the rear wheels

Jack up the rear (I used the diff as a mounting point but make sure you’re using a decent jack and jack stands combo. Safety first always)

Put the car in neutral

Take wheels off

See that rubber bit? That’s covering the hole we’re going to be working in so pull it out with your fingers if they’re not too caked in grime from your wheels.

Stagea foot brake

Now grab the studs and wrestle that hole around til it’s at the bottom of the disc. You’re looking for the following to line up to:

Ahh there’s our adjuster! Now using a flathead screwdriver and the edges of the hole for leverage, flick the adjuster either up or down until it can’t move anymore (from memory it’s up on the drivers side.) When it can’t be flicked any more, try and spin the rotor again – if it’s locked in place by the drum brakes then flick it back a couple of clicks in the opposite direction until it can spin again.

Do the same on the opposite wheel.

Now that they’re tightened at the wheel, go back and tighten that 10mm nut under the foot brake. (A ratcheting spanner here will save a lot of time). Tighten it up a little and then check that both rear rotors still spin. You don’t want to over tighten it to the point where the wheels won’t turn.

Happy with the tightness all round? Pop the wheels back on and marvel at how more mighty your foot brake now feels.

Now wish me luck for tomorrow’s safety check..

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